Today in class we talked about methods of teaching and creating change.
We actually learn these skills in the 12 Step programs. Extending ourselves to people in a respectful way that allows them their dignity is a major concept to employ. As we engage in dialogue with others, we can stay open-minded and curious enough to ” understand ” what they are saying, why they’re saying it, and what we may have in common – even if we seem to be diametrically opposed on a specific topic. Perhaps there are more areas where we agree than we might have imagined. The main goal is to understand more about the other person.
When we understand more, we can have more compassion, tolerance, patience, regard and admiration for as well as relationship with people and life in general. I’m still learning about these concepts. My classes are now enhancing the firm foundation that 12 Step Programs have nurtured in me over the years. If I can stay out of the way, let go and be respectful, there is even more opportunity for me to learn from others. I like that. We can all learn from each other – if we choose to do so. Respectfully.
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am seeking to understand.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
– If you find this helpful, pass it on to others. For daily updates, press the orange RSS feed to the right for directions.